Skippers Aviation

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Skippers Aviation
Skippers Aviation logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
HK - -
Founded 1990
Hubs Perth Airport
Fleet size 27
Destinations 12 scheduled
Company slogan "WA's Truly Regional Airline"
Headquarters Osborne Park, Western Australia, Australia

Skippers Aviation is an airline based in Osborne Park, a suburb of Perth. It is a charter company specialising in mining crew changes, executive charters and general flying for the mining industry in Western Australia, as well as search and rescue and medevac operations. It was established and started operations in 1990 and also operates a small scheduled network in Western Australia. Its main base is Perth Airport.


Cessna 441 at Perth Airport
Fairchild Metro
An Dash 8-300 at Perth Airport in 2012

As of May 2016 Skippers Aviation operates scheduled services to the following domestic destinations:

The airline also services the mining industry in Western Australia, being the largest provider of fly-in fly-out services in the state. It operates over 100 regular flights per week in support of 15 major mining companies.[1]

Some of the mines it currently (2011) services:


As of June 2016 the Skippers Aviation fleet consists of the following aircraft:[2]


  • On 26 June 2007 an Embraer Brasilia (VH-XUE) on a charter flight was executing a go-around at Jundee Airstrip in Western Australia. During the go-around the crew experienced difficulties in controlling the aircraft, with the aircraft descending to 50 feet above the ground and the bank angle reaching 40 degrees. After regaining control, the crew realised that the left engine had stopped. The cause of the engine stoppage was fuel starvation.[3]
  • On 19 March 2014 a De Havilland DHC-8 (VH-XFX) approaching Perth had a "near-miss" with an object that was moving towards the aircraft. The crew identified visually the object, which was not detected by the TCAS, and took evasive action to avoid collision. Though presumed to be a UAV, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation was unable to confirm the nature of the object. The ATSB raised concerns about risks posed by unregulated operation of UAVs.[4]


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